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Making do with what you’ve got

Earlier in the week I had the rare opportunity to ride with my both of my friends Ben Witt and Guitar Ted at the same time. Being I was out of town on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday, I was really pleased to be out and about with my friends, but I had a certain anxiety about getting into work. Our ride and my day did not turn out as planned. In the end, I did not actually make it into the office. I took a half day of vacation, did some work in the coffee shop, and then sat in my basement at home on a conference call for 2+ hours. But you know what, it worked out the way it was supposed to work out.

Guitar Ted wrote yesterday about the ending of our little jaunt in the country. In short, a stick attacked the rear end of Ben Witt’s bike. It snapped the carbon Sram derailleur cage in half as well as tearing the replaceable hanger off the bike. I had one of those in my on bike emergency kit, but there was no way to repair the derailleur. It also damaged the chain and our effort to SS out the bike to get home did not work. In the end, Ben ran the up hills and GT and I pushed him on the rest.  Again, you make do with what you’ve got. In this case, we had 3 good friends riding bikes together and solving problems together. In the end, I think we were all laughing about it. It made us all stronger and I think, it made us closer as friends. Funny how unplanned accidents and the right attitude can turn into something great.

So…That’s all I’ve got to say about that. How about some pictures?

Sharing my favorite back roads with friends.

Sharing my favorite back roads with others!

Oops. I don’t think that belongs there!

Our attempt at SS didn’t work either. That only lasted two pedal strokes!

Making do with what you’ve got.

For me, this just added another chapter to my morning rides with Ben. I also got to ride and spend time with my good friend Mark. Bikes bring people together, strengthen memories and teach you life lessons.

Bikes Rule!

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